Monday, April 24, 2017

So Sorry and Too Kind

Well we are to the start of a new week.  We were busy last week watching our Grandson for three day, he had a virus and a high fever, so no daycare for him and he was so good even though he didn't really feel well.

My friend sent me a text Saturday morning saying she had to send her dog, Dolly, across the Rainbow Bridge.  Dolly had cancer and was having some other health issues too.  It is a very hard decision to make and to go through, so I made a card on Sunday to send to her to let her know we are thinking of her.


I kept the front very simple.  On the inside I stamped a image from Bella and Friends (no picture because I had already written my note to her and didn't want to share that).  The inside sentiment from the So Sorry set (retired) says..."for the loss of your beloved pet".

The card stock base is Emerald Envy, then Whisper White on top.
Ink colors I used were Sweetsugar Plum, Old Olive and Memento Black
I used the tip of my marker, Sweetsugar Plum to create a splatter effect on the card front.

I hope she finds comfort in my simple card.  Mary

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You've Got This

I'm still teaching myself to use Stampin' Up! new Watercolor Pencils and I'm using both the Blender Pen and the Aqua Painter.  For this card I used the Aqua Painter and Staz-On black ink.  I did stamp the image on Watercolor paper, as I find I have more control with it.  I also find, for myself, that if I remove the brush part from the water barrel, I have more control over the amount of water too, which is just easier for me, as I can dip just the tip into some water, if I need more.

I needed a card to send to our vet, who is going through chemo right now and I decided to send her this card.


To achieve the water color look to the background, I used some watercolor paper, spritzed it with some water and then inked up the Watercolor Wash background stamp with Blushing Bride ink.  I set it off to the side to let it dry, I usually let it dry overnight.  For the flower I used the Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive pencils.  When I was happy with my flower, I used a Dave's Die to cut it out with.  I popped it up on dimensional and I use some Basic Pearls to add to the background.  The sentiment is also from this stamp set and I use Early Espresso ink as well as card stock, which I mounted on Blushing Bride card stock for the base.

I really like how the Watercolor Wash stamp came out and will be using it more often now!

 Mary

Friday, April 14, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Easter Cards

Hey everyone happy Friday!  I had some time on Sunday to play with my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit came with cards that were 3" x 3" but I wanted to have bigger cards, so I cut them on the score line and just used half of the card and made a bigger card!  The card bases are modeled off of the Playful Palette Designer Series paper in the annual catalog.  The colors are Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  It also came with matching Baker's Twine!



These cards were very simple and easy to make!  Mary


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fry Box Easter Bunnies

Well we are getting closer to Easter now and I thought I would share these cute Easter Bunny Fry Boxes.  The Fry die is a retired one from Stampin' Up!, but Sizzix had one that was a little bit bigger also, I don't know if it is still available or not.

I belong to a Demonstrator Only Facebook page and a fellow demonstrator posted these on the page awhile back.  I tried to find her name and the post but had no luck finding it.  I did use some retired Designer Series paper for this.

My oldest daughter request these after I showed her a picture, she wants to put a treat in them for Wesley's daycare teachers, I think they will like them!

I use the Stitched Framelits along with some of my retired punches, which I still like to use.  The whiskers were made with Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine.








I just think these turned out so cute.  I think Wesley's teachers will like them too!

Have a great day!  Mary

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Tasty Truck

Good morning on this fine Monday, I hope that spring is has sprung in your part of the world.  This past week-end it was here in the mid-West and we thoroughly enjoyed having the windows and doors open to air the stale winter air out of the house!

This past Saturday was my youngest daughter's 32nd birthday, where has the time gone too!!

Since I was too busy to make cards the last two weeks of Sale-A-Bration, I decided to go ahead and make some cards with this retired stamp set anyway, it's just too cute not to use!


Her favorite color is purple, so I used Perfect Plum for her truck and tried my hand at watercoloring the truck in.  I did use Whisper White card stock for this, but would suggest you use Watercolor paper  it just works better.  For the rest of the scene, I used stamps from Sheltering Tree, along with Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake inks.  I used a Crushed Curry maker for the awning of the truck along with Smoky Slate for the window highlights and tires.  Pink Pirouette was used for the ice cream and icing on the cupcakes.  I sponged the sky with Sky Blue.

While I was at it, I made one in pink for my other daughter, her favorite color, as her birthday is in two weeks too!


My daughter texted me and said that her card was cute, so I think she liked it!

Off to the craft room, see you soon.  Mary

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Touches of Textures

Today I want to share a card that I made after watching a video by Jackie Bolhuis.  You can view the video HERE  it makes a really nice, easy, quick card, I just love this technique!

I used the same stamp set, inks and paper as Jackie did except I use a larger card base as my husband wanted to send his friend a thank you card for the time he was visiting at their house.


I used the Another Thank You stamp set for the sentiment, it is retired, but any stamp set you have would be perfect!!

Thanks for coming and hopefully I'll have a little Easter bunny to share with you and some birthday ideas too!  Mary

Monday, April 3, 2017

So In Love

Well, long time no see, huh!!  Sorry I was gone for awhile, my daughter had foot surgery three weeks ago and I went to stay with her off and on for the last two weeks, so no crafting supplies came along with me as I rode the Amtrak train down to the city where she lives.  I love riding the train but it would have been hard to do anything while riding along the rails!

My other daughter had another request for a Bridal Shower card, so I used the So In Love stamp set along with the framelits that coordinate with the stamps called So Detailed Thinlits.  They are in the Occasions 2017 catalog.  I also used the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon, Falling in Love Embellishment too.  I also used Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Very Vanilla card stock.

I made three cards for her to choose from and here they are!!  Thank you Sarah-Jane Rae for sharing your card so that I could CASE it and also SU!, as one of the cards was a Make & Take from last November OnStage that I went to.





Thank you for coming by and hopefully life will calm down for awhile now!!  Mary


Friday, March 31, 2017

Last Day of Sale-A-Bration





Today, March 31st 2017, is the last day of Sale-A-Bration for 2017. Stampin' Up! really out did themselves with all the great freebies that they offered this year! Six years ago this month I joined the SU family, during SAB, and have enjoyed all the rewards and friendships that I've made with some pretty amazing people. Now is a great time to join, even for just the discounts and no selling is required, you just need to meet the minimum requirement every three months. Interested, just send me a message and you will receive two extra stamp sets, but this offer goes away at 11:55 PM Mountain time. Receive over $200 worth of goods for only $99.00!!


Come join and see what Stampin' Up! has to offer, you will glad you did!!  Mary

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pretty Kitty and Bella and Friends

I've been needing a lot of cards of late for people who are going through cancer treatment.  One is the vet where we take our dogs.  She was so kind, helpful and thoughtful when our black Cocker Spaniel was going through her cancer ordeal.  I wanted to send her a card to let her know we are thinking of her and praying for her, but I wanted to include images of a dog and a cat, so I used two sets, Pretty Kitty and Bella and Friends.  I really like how cute this card turned out too!


This is what I stamped on the inside of the card, I covered up what I wrote to her.


I used Staz-On Black ink to stamp the images in.  Then I used my ink pads and Aqua Painter to add color to the images.  Tip:  if you are getting too much water out of your Aqua painter, just remove the barrel where the water is and just use the brush part.  If your brush get to dry, just dip the brush in the water and continue your coloring.  I used the Stitched Circle Framelits to cut out the kitty image with, then layer behind it some Sale-A-Bration Glimmer paper, Mint Macaron, which is so pretty in real life, photos do not do it justice, with the Layering Circle Framelits.  The Designer Series Paper is from Succulent Garden, this pattern is Sweet Sugarplum. 

Well off to get some more stamping done, see you again soon!  Mary 


Friday, March 10, 2017

Inside the Lines

Stampin' Up! every year has a annual sale in March called Sale-A-Bration.  Customers always look forward to this time of the year.  When you spend $50 before taxes and shipping, you get to pick a free product from a list of items that they offer.  This year one of the free offerings is paper that looks like a giant coloring book page called Inside the Lines.  I decided to cut one of the sheets into sizes that would work as a card front, then set out coloring it with my Watercolor Pencils and used the Blender Pen to smooth out the color.  Here is what I did on my second try.  I tried to remember what my Art teacher taught us in Junior High, oh so many years ago!!


I used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  The Pumpkin Pie seam binding ribbon is retired but I wanted some kind of embellishment on the card front.  I made this card to send to someone that needs a pick-me-up.  It makes me think of summer!

Thank you for stopping by.  Mary

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rose Wonder

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a local news anchor.  The news anchor Mother is going through chemo and I asked her if it would be okay to send her a card, she quickly said yes!  So I made this card to send to the news station, so she could pass it onto her Mom.  I hope she enjoys it.


I found this idea at Julie Davison blog.  You use the Rose Garden Thinlits to cut out the largest rose with the leaves, using it as a stencil.  I then used a Aqua Painter and the ink from the lid of my Pink Pirouette to paint in the image, then did the same with Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  I used the sentiment from Wetlands and added a few Basic Pearls.  The card base is Pink Pirouette, then retired Regal Rose, which is what I used to stamp the sentiment in.  Final layer of card stock is Whisper White. 

All in all, it is a pretty easy card to make!  Mary

Monday, March 6, 2017

Nailed It

Good Monday to all, I hope your week-end was wonderful.

Last Friday was my uncles birthday, so I wanted to send him a birthday card with this new set called, Nailed It.  When I saw this set in the current Occasions catalog, I immediately thought of my Dad who is a retired carpenter!  Then I knew it would also make a great Father's day card, as well for any one who is handy!


I really like how it turned out too.  I used Sky's the Limit sentiment-retired and Hexagon embossing folder, but my uncle will not know!

Stamp set: Hardwood background and Nailed It with matching Framelits
Card stock: Night of Navy, Real Red and Smoky Slate
Ink: Smoky Slate, Night of Navy and Black Memento
Silver Foil Sheets
Dimensionals

Well off to get my house clean, have a good one.  Mary






Friday, March 3, 2017

Totally Trees and Day at the Beach

About two weeks ago my daughter and her little family got to go to Florida for five days, her in-laws were very generous and they paid for their air fare to come and stay with them at the condo they rent each February.  Now it would have been great, but both my daughter and grandson were sick, grandson had a double ear infection and daughter had a nasty sinus infection, but the plane tickets had been purchased over a month ago, so off they went.  It was Wesley's first time to be at the beach and the ocean.  They were still able to enjoy themselves too.

I decided that I would make a couple of thank you cards for my daughter to send to her in-laws, thanking them for a wonderful trip.  I couldn't decided which one to give her, so I gave them both to her and she can decide which to send.

The first one is made with the retired Totally Trees, which just retired, which I CASE'd from Sabrina.


I found this card on Pinterest, which was a full size card but I used the Note cards to make this.
Ink: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

For the second card, I used a current Occasions set called Day at the Beach.


The Thank You is retired.  Markers: Peekaboo Peach, Real Red, Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay and I used the new Watercolor Pencils to color in the sunglass lens with Basic Gray.  Images where stamped with Black Staz-On.

I hope you all have a relaxing week-end too.  Mary




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thoughtful Branches

Things have been busy around my house the last week or two, but I found time to make a couple of birthday cards for my two aunts who live out of town.  I wanted to make them special and I looked through my stamp sets and found Thoughtful Branches, which is retired.  This set was only available for one month last summer and I really debated on if I should buy it or not, but I figured I could use it for many years to come, so I got it.  It makes a really pretty hydrangea flower with the Thinlits that were available to go with it.  I also used the Jar of Love stamp set and matching framelits and I really like how they both turned out!  Thank you Krystal De Leeuw for sharing your card, which is what I CASE'd.



Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Sahara Sand , Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive
Stamp sets: Jar of Love, Thoughtful Branches (used matching Thinlits for both sets), Endless Birthday Wishes and Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Craft White, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Black Memento and Smoky Slate
Brick Wall embossing folder
Dimensionals

I hope they enjoy this summer flower in the middle of winter!  Mary




Monday, February 27, 2017

Quinceanera

Last Saturday night our neighbors next door had a Quinceanera party for their daughter and we were invited to the celebration.  Not knowing anything about this type of party, I went to Google to find some answers.  It is a celebration in the Hispanic culture when a young lady turns 15.  So I set off to find a way to make her a special card and happened upon a retired stamp set called, Quinceanera that was available on E-bay.  I probably will not have a need for it again but just wanted to make it special for our young neighbor.

Her color for her dress was turquoise, so I used Bermuda Bay.  I really like how it turned out!!


here is what I stamped on the inside.


We went to her Mass and then to the hall and had a yummy meal.  It was fun watching all the kids have fun too!

Stamp set: Quinceanera
Ink: Black Staz-On and Bermuda Bay
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Basic Black
Silver Glimmer paper
Dazzling Diamonds
Basic Rhinestones

To get a closer look, click on the picture.

Thank you for coming by.  Mary

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Valentine's Late

While going through my blog today I noticed that I forgot to share this Valentine card with you.  You can easily change the heart and sentiment to anything you want.  In fact, this is a CASE from the Occcasions catalog on page 4, in the lower left hand corner.


So sorry it's late.  Things have been busy around here, again.  My father was in the hospital last weekend, so I was busy tending to him.  He had the flu and is now doing much better and back in his own room again.

I used Real Red and Whisper White card stock, Gold Glimmer paper, Gold Sequins, Black Memento ink and Real Red ink and the Happy Hearts embossing folder.

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weather we are having!!  Mary

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love Notes and Sealed with Love Valentine

Good Monday afternoon!  Man oh man, I tried to make this post yesterday but for some reason the picture would not load to my computer!  So I updated the operating system on my iMAC, still nothing, after much Googling I found out that the photo editing program I use has "retired".  I think I found a way to still get the pictures on my computer, not I just need to remember how I did it!!

This is the last of my Valentine cards for this year, now on to birthday cards.  Here is one that, well, didn't start out the way I wanted to, but I think it turned out fine.


Here is what I used:

Card stock: Thick Whisper White
Stamp set: Sealed with Love
Ink: Real Red
Framelits: Love Notes and Stitched Circle
Red Glimmer paper

I probably should have held the card closed so that you could view the right edge better, oh well, next time, right?!

I hope you have a lovely Valentine day on Tuesday.  See you soon!  Mary

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sealed with Love

Oops, forgot to post his card for today, so better late than not.

I made this one to send to my aunt in Omaha, she likes it when I send her my cards!!


I wanted to make a pink one instead of a red card.  It turned out so soft and pretty.

Card stock: Thick Whisper White
Stamp set: Sealed with Love 
Framelits: Love Notes, Stitched Circle
Ink: Blushing Bride
Blushing Bride Glimmer paper
Silver Foil
Thick White Bakers Twine

I have one more card to share on Monday, see you than.  Mary

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Baby Bear Valentine Card

Well I'm on track to get my Valentine cards done this week, then onto some birthday cards for my two aunts and one uncle.

My daughter asked for a Valentine card for a friend of her's that she became pen pals with when she was still in grade school.  Her sweet pen pal is old enough to be her Grandmother!  Their special connection is there fascination with the Titanic!  They lost touch for about 15 years but have recently been writing to each other again!

This is the card that I made for her to send.


Here is what I stamped on the inside of her card.


I hope she likes her card.

Stamp sets: Baby Bear, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Dragonfly Dreams
Card stock: Very Vanilla
DSP: Sending Love
Ink: Real Red
Red Glimmer Paper
Border punch for the small hearts-retired

Thanks....Mary

Monday, February 6, 2017

Balloon Pop-Up Valentine

Good Monday to you, did your favorite team win the Super Bowl yesterday?  I must confess, I was busy doing other things and didn't watch!

This week will be Valentine week again, I hope.  Hubby and I have to attend a funeral this morning and I have a feeling that we won't get too much done after that.  It is for a man that we knew through a friend and church and we are sad to say good-bye to him, he was a wonderful person!

Now for the card.  This card was one that I saw on a Facebook Group for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators only and I loved how the demonstrator use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit in the most unusual way.  I asked if I could CASE it and she said yes.  You can see Linda's card and photo tutorial on how to make it HERE.  My one daughter loves purple, and the other one loves pink, so I'm going with the combo of Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.  It is so much prettier in person than what pictures can show!  Here is the outside front of the card.



Here is the inside of the card.


After I took this picture, I realized that I should have stamped a couple of the small sentiments from the Sealed with Love onto the two purple/pink hearts.  I may still try to add to those, if possible.  To see the pictures close-up, just click on it.

Update:  Here is a close up of the hearts with some stamping on them.


Card stock: Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Pink Flamingo and Rich Razzleberry
Silver Glimmer Paper
Stamp set: Sealed with Love
Thinlits: Balloon Pop-Up
Silver Washi tape-retired
Full Heart punch-retired
Happy Heart Embossing folder
Stitched Square Framelits
sponges

I hope your week if off to a wonderful start and hope to be back on Wednesday.  Mary



Friday, February 3, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

I needed a birthday card for my friend, Linda, and decided to try my hand using the Dragonfly Dreams and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits for her card.  It's ok, her birthday was yesterday, so she should have received her card by now.

Linda likes the rich, dark colors of green, so I decided to use some of my retired DSP, Botanical Gardens from last year.  I also wanted to use some Gold Foil so that the Dragonfly would stand out from the background.  Here is what I came up with.


I think she will really like it too.  I used a piece of Gold Foil paper large enough to cut out the Dragonfly and then used that piece to mount my DSP on, little to no waste that way too!  I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams, that coordinates with the Thinlits, using Black Memento ink.  I also made a black dragonfly and mounted that on the inside with a small strip of Gold Foil and DSP.  I stamped, "Enjoy your special day!"  The card base is Very Vanilla, as that is what is in the DSP.

I hope she likes it!!  Mary

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lift Me Up

I was needing some Thank You cards for a couple of Online orders that were placed with me.  So I decided to make some Birthday cards and I wrote a note on a post-it note so the ladies can send these cards, if they choose too.  I wanted to get them done quickly, so I CASE'd the Occasions Catalog, on page 10.  Makes it so easy to use what Stampin' Up! shares with it demonstrators!!


I followed it except I stamped the sentiment, "Hope your day is on cloud nine.  Happy Birthday" on the inside.  Here is what I used:

Stamp set: Lift Me Up and Timeless Testures
Thinlits: Up & Away
Card stock: Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Pool Party
Aqua Painter
Dimensional

I stamped and cut the balloons and clouds out one night and assembled all three cards the next day.  I really like how they turned out and easy to mail too!!

Thanks for coming by!!  Mary

Monday, January 30, 2017

Yummy in My Tummy, Take #3

Good Monday to all of you, I hope you had a fabulous week-end.  I spend the day yesterday working on getting things together so next month I can have my Dad's taxes done.  I also made a couple more Valentine cards, for me to send to my daughters, too.  May make some to send to a few others, will see how that goes!

Here is the last card that I made with the cute monsters, Yummy in My Tummy for Wesley's daycare teachers!  I think they look like something a little boy would give!  I used my Watercolor pencils to color in the monster and ink pads and sponges to color the background with, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz.  I used the Sweetheart punch and some Blushing Bride Glimmer paper for the heart.  The baker's twine was some left-over from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.  The sentiment is also from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.  I hope the teachers like their cards this year!


I'll take a break from Valentine's for a week and show you some other cards that I made.

Thanks for dropping by!!  Mary

Friday, January 27, 2017

Yummy in My Tummy, Take #2

Today I want to share the second card that I made using the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set, that little monster is so cute and I think they both would make cute Valentine's for kids to hand out to classmates.

For this card I used a retired heart punch to have the monster holding a string of hearts.  I also colored the monster in with the new Watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I also lightly sponged the background with Soft Sky.


The cute little stamp in his tummy is from a past Paper Pumpkin set.  The Baker's twine is from the past Holiday catalog.  Card stock is Whisper White and Real Read.  Ink is Black Memento ink.

I hope you have a nice weekend too!  Mary


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yummy in My Tummy

Happy Wednesday to all!  Well, we are finally on the mend at our house.  I hope all of you are staying well and healthy.

Today I'm going to share a Valentine shaker card that I made for one of the daycare teachers.  It is my first shaker card too.  After I had it all put together, it looks like I should have added more heart punch outs to the cute monsters' tummy, next time!


Not too bad for my first one, I'm happy with the way it turned out and I hope Wesley's teacher will like it too.

Card stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Real Red
Stamp set: Yummy in My Tummy and Sealed with Love
Scalloped Circle Framelit
Window Sheet
Silver and Red Glimmer paper
Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede and Black Memento

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hey, Valentine

Good Monday morning.  Things around here have been pretty sick of late.  Both my husband and I have had colds and not just little colds, but the colds that hang around for at least two weeks sometimes three.  Hubby is off to see the doctor tomorrow as he has it worst then I.  Today I'm finally starting to feel much better.

Here is the Valentine that I was working on the last time we talked.  Now it doesn't look like a great creation, but I made this in mind of having children from infant all the way up to after school kids receiving these where my grandson goes to daycare.  I purposely didn't color in the image, as my daughter will be adding about four crayons to each package.  That way the kids can have fun coloring it in the way they want it to look.  We also added a package of Goldfish to go along with the "glad you're in my school" theme.  She is so excited to give these to the daycare kids next month!


Sorry the picture is not the best.  I think though you can see the idea we were going with.  As always, you can click on the picture to view it larger.

The stamp set is a retired one, called Hey, Valentine.  I used Whisper White card stock and Archival Black ink.  My daughter will use some ribbon that she picked up, as I didn't have any spools of red!!

Thank you for coming back to see me, so appreciate.  Mary

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Watercoloring With A Acrylic Block

Good Wednesday to all.  I hope all is well in your part of the world.  Hubby and I have been down with colds, mine is a head one and his is a chest cold, so we are taking it easy today.

I found this technique in my e-mail in box last week.  Sandy MacIver shared a great video on how to do this, so I wanted to give it a try.  I'll share my two creations with you today.  It is really an easy one to do, just remember that no two cards will look alike and don't judge the background until you stamp your images, it really does make a huge difference.

The first card I did just like her video:


Mine came out darker than hers, so I think I need to use less ink with the more vibrant colors.  Then I tried a different color combo.  I used Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist on my second try, and this is what I came up with.


When I saw the finished background, it looked like it should be on the beach!  So I use the new stamp set, High Tide.  I love how it turned out!!  This would have also worked with the stamp set Wetlands too.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray for the lighthouse, as I didn't want the lighthouse to stand out too much from the background.  The grass was stamped in Soft Suede.

Now onto some Valentine cards and birthday cards too!  See you Friday!  Mary


Monday, January 16, 2017

Inside the Lines

Good Monday morning to all of you!  Yes, I've been missing in action again.  I had a tooth pulled last Monday morning and I just decided to take it easy the rest of the week.  Last night, my oldest daughter and I were texting back and forth about making Valentine cards for Wesley to hand out at day care next month.  We finally decided on a design and we are both excited to get them made and be ready for February 14th!  Last year Wesley received some V-cards, but my daughter didn't know that all the kids at daycare hand them out, she felt bad, but this year she will be ready to share too!!  I'll share it with you later on.

Now for the card I'm sharing today, this card was made using some of the new Sale-A-Bration free paper called, Inside the Lines.  This is right up my alley, as I LOVE to color!  I had cut out two card fronts for future card use and hated to throw out this scrap, so I used it as a practice piece for the new Watercolor pencils and the Blender pen.  I think it came out rather nice, what do you think?


I did use the retired Paper Doilies and Scrip embossing folder on this card.  I wanted the background to be simple so the paper would really stand out.  I mounted the paper on a scrap piece of Silver Glimmer paper.  This card will be going to a friend who has just started chemo, wanted to let her know that we are praying and thinking of her.

Thank you for stopping in too!!  Mary

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sealed with Love

Brr.... is it cold in your part of the country?  It was 1 degree here this morning and we had about 2 inches of snow yesterday, so the wind chill was -10 this morning.

I've had this card made since last week but just have been to busy with "stuff" that is going on right now.

I made this card to send as a thank you card for a online order that I received from a friend and customer, so I thought I would make a card that she could use.

The items that I used are from the new Occasions catalog and they are from the Sending Love Suite.  There are a lot of cute items in this suite too.


Here is what I used:
Card stock: Thick Whisper White and Whisper White
Ink: Real Red and Black Memento
DSP: Sending Love-Occasion catalog 2017
Red Glimmer Paper
Stitched Framelits and Layering Square Framelits
Love Notes Framelits-Occasion catalog 2017

Stay warm and thank you for coming by!  Mary


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Two New Catalogs Begin Today

Yup, today is the day that the New Occasion catalog starts and Sale-A-Bration too!

Stampin' Up! was having IT issues since midnight last night, but they now have it all fixed and you can begin to order, YEA!!


Click HERE to view the Sale-A Bration catalog



Click HERE to view the Occasions Catalog

You can also view the catalogs by clicking on the pictures on the right-hand side of my blog.

You earn one free items from the SAB catalog by purchasing $50.00 in products, can be from the annual catalog, clearance rack, or from the Occasion catalog, before shipping and taxes.  For every $50.00 you spend, you get to chose another free item, there is no limit on how many free items you can earn!

Now is a great time of the year to join as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator too.  Whether you want it for just the discount or work it as a business.  No penalties if you join and decide it's not for you, you get to keep your starter kit!  Contact me for more information!


If you don't have a Demonstrator and would like the Occasion and SAB catalogs, send me a e-mail and I'll be happy to send them to you!!   Mary